Three-Legged Dog Allegedly Covered in Fleas Due to Neglect Deserves Justice

Target: Michael T. Gmoser, Prosecutor for Butler County, Ohio

Goal: Demand that the person who allegedly denied their dog crucial veterinary care for a severe flea infestation receive the maximum penalty by law.

A dog suffered terribly when she was allegedly denied veterinary care for a severe flea infestation. The poor dog’s skin reportedly became pink and painful due to flea bites. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

“The whole way there, at the vet and on the way home I’m constantly hit by jumping fleas,” Joseph’s Legacy Rescue stated on their Facebook page. Volunteers with the rescue picked the dog, named Dezi, up from a concerned citizen who found her outside. Per rescuers, Dezi suffered with itchy and painful skin throughout her body due to a severe flea infestation and one of her legs had been amputated for unknown reasons.

Dezi is receiving treatment for her skin condition and is recovering well. Dezi’s owner, whose name has not been released, surrendered her to Joseph’s Legacy Rescue.  The owner has been charged with animal cruelty. Sign below and demand that Dezi’s owner receive the maximum penalty by law, if convicted.


Dear Prosecutor Gmoser,

A dog reportedly suffered with the effects of a severe flea infestation in a shocking case of animal cruelty. Hundreds of fleas allegedly lived on the dog’s skin and caused her horrific pain and discomfort. We demand justice for this poor dog.

The pictures, posted on Joseph’s Legacy Rescue’s Facebook page, showed a dog with red inflamed skin throughout her body. The dog, named Dezi, reportedly suffered with a severe flea infestation for an unknown amount of time and had an amputated leg. Per rescuers, hundreds of fleas jumped around on Dezi’s body and caused her skin to become itchy and painful. Her owner, whose named hasn’t been released, reportedly never sought veterinary treatment. Dezi’s owner surrendered Dezi to the rescue and has been charged with animal cruelty.

This horrific neglect cannot go unpunished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joseph’s Legacy Rescue

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  1. That poor animal must have gone through hell. It does not cost much to treat dogs and cats for fleas as soon as they start scratching. It is appalling that this dog had to suffer so long because of an owner who had no interest or feeling for her. This person ideally should be covered in fleas and ants and biting ticks until he has scratched his skin off.

  2. Kumar Nagarajan says:

    This “owner” should suffer the very same abuse that the animal suffered… At least the same. Disgusting.

  3. It is important to get all the true facts and details. “allegedly” will not stand in court. Photos with date and time, eye-witness accounts are solid supports; also knowing what circumstances brought the owner to give up the animal.
    You are writing to the Prosecutor for Butler County, Ohio and demanding maximum penalty under the Law.
    If you want this petition to be taken seriously and action taken by grown-up people reading it, words like fur-babies might be saved for more personal correspondance among us animal lovers. HATE, threats and adolescent retribution remarks will also turn off the powers that will be taking action. You want your efforts to cound. Speak their language.

    • Mongoose Jones says:

      Nancy G. I agree! I hate the use of the word “furbabies” and it is embarrassing to see so many “adults” use it routinely!

      However, the more I’m on social media the more I find most people there are NOT adults in any sense of the word. SAD!

      We do not help animals by referring to them and seeing them as our “kids” or as cute substitutes for babies!

  4. Lets let this idiot who allowed this poor animal to suffer get the same treatment!!!!

  5. The being that allowed this to happen should themselves suffer the same as the dog..then and only then will the being understand the agony..
    Plus name on billboard and cleaning out cages At the local spca..
    Hope and pray the wee dog gets an truly good home

  6. Cynthia Mattera says:

    Please arrest and punish his owner. No reason to NOT take him to the vet. Poor guy!!! Im sure he was in agony!

  7. I hope he pays dearly for what he did to this poor dog god love the beautiful baby I hope fares well and gets a loving forever home


  9. Put a bunch of fleas on them These people need killing

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Hope they rot in hell❗️?
    Signed & shared. ?

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